108 People Survive After Ferry Catches Fire Near Koh Tao Island in Thailand-VIDEOS

Surat Thani, Thailand – On Thursday, April 4th, 2024, a ferry carrying 97 Thai and foreign passengers, along with 11 boat crew members, caught fire near Turtle Island (Koh Tao) in the Koh Pha Ngan district. The incident occurred during the morning hours, prompting a swift response from relevant authorities, rescue workers, and boat operators.

The Surat Thani Marine Office received notification of the emergency at 7:00 A.M. in the Koh Tao sub-district. As the fire engulfed the vessel, some passengers were forced to jump into the water. Fortunately, all 108 individuals on board were successfully rescued.

During the harrowing experience several passengers suffered minor injuries and breathing difficulties from smoke inhalation. The fire was brought under control by 8:20 A.M., but not without damage to some vehicles on the ferry. Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire originated in the ferry’s engine room.

The ill-fated ferry had departed from a pier in Surat Thani the previous night, setting sail at 11:00 P.M. It tragically caught fire as it approached its destination near another pier in the morning.

Authorities are closely examining the cause of the incident to prevent similar accidents in the future. The safety and well-being of passengers remain a top priority for maritime authorities in the region.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.